CAT (Common Admission Test) is one of the most competitive exams in India. Candidates aspiring for IIMs need to clear CAT exam held every year in the month of October-November. If you are preparing for CAT aptitude test then you need a proper CAT preparation material to prepare from. The exam pattern of Common Aptitude Test questionnaire keeps on changing so a relevant book will help you keep yourself up-to-date with the latest test pattern and types of questions asked. The difficulty level of CAT question paper is high so you need to refer such books, which specifically deal with CAT questions.
CAT tests candidate’s verbal ability, logical reasoning, data interpretation, reading comprehension, mathematic problem solving ability and many others. So your CAT exam preparation books should cover all these aspects on the whole. The paper has negative marking scheme so your strike rate should also be high. Your CAT entrance books should tell you the short cut methods to solve a particular problem so that you can manage your time.
Verbal Ability Books:
‘Build Your Basics First written by S. K Agarwal’ deals with fundamental skills in verbal ability for CAT. The book is written in a simple and easy language so that students can understand and learn well. So students are suggested to start their CAT preparation for verbal ability from this book. Other recommended books include ‘Verbal & Non Verbal Reasoning’ by R.S. Agarwal of S.Chand and Sons publications, 'High School English Grammar and Composition’ by Wren and Martin, ‘Word Power Made Easy’ by Norman Lewis, ‘Verbal Ability’ by Arun Sharma and ‘A Word A Day: A Romp through Some of the Most Unusual and Intriguing’ by Anu Garg.
Quantitative Ability Books:
‘Quant E-book written by Ravi Handa’ provides important tips and formulas which students mostly need while preparing for competitive exams such as CAT and XAT. It also illustrates tricks and short-cut methods to solve lengthy questions in half the time required earlier. ‘Course in Mental Ability and Quantitative Aptitude’ written by Edgar Thorpe provides you plenty of exercises both solved and unsolved. Students can understand the concept through solved questions and can apply them for solving unsolved exercises. Some other books include ‘How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT’ by Arun Sharma (TATA-McGraw Hill publications), ‘Quantitative Aptitude for CAT’ by Nishit Sinha (Pearson publications), ‘Quantitative Aptitude for MBA Entrance Examinations’ by Abhijit Guha (TATA-McGraw Hill publications), The Pearson Guide to Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation and ‘Quantum CAT’ by Sarvesh Kumar Verma (Arihant publication).
Data Interpretation Books:
‘How to prepare for the Data Interpretation for CAT’ by Arun Sharma, TATA-McGraw Hill publications is a practice based book. It comprises of many data representation such as cases, bar graphs, tables and many others. It also includes exercise questions with detailed solutions and previous years question papers for CAT. ‘How to prepare for the Data Interpretation for CAT’ by Arihant Prakashan provides basic concepts of Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning. It also consists of practice exercises.
Analytical and Logical Reasoning:
‘Analytical and Logical Reasoning’ by B.S. Sijwali (Arihant publications)’ and How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for CAT by Arun Sharma explains the concepts and logics applied in reasoning.
To improve business awareness, students can refer Biz World – The Complete Business Awareness Guide written by Ravi Handa & Avinash Maurya (Alchemy Publishers). It includes the details of all Indian and international companies such as their names, history, names of their founders, their taglines and current heads.
Books play a key role in the preparation of CAT exam. So be careful while choosing your preparatory books because referring a right book is as necessary as consulting a right doctor to cure your sickness.
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